Thanks to everyone who participated in the Yard Sale yesterday. The ‘organisers’ agreed that it was a good start, a good basis on which to plan next year’s event.

  • In total 22 households in Wye put things out to sell. These households were widely dispersed throughout the village.
  • At times it appeared that there were more vendors than purchasers. Hopefully this can be changed through more publicity and as the event becomes more established.
  • I received a comment from a purchaser that it would be better if all the stalls were in one place (a boot fair?) so that purchasers could find the vendors and they wouldn’t have to walk so far.
  • I also received comments from vendors that it was great that they didn’t have to take their belongings to a central place and could sell from their front gardens – because it meant that they could get on with something else while they were selling. (I agree with this. I planted some thyme in a planter and weeded my front wall.)
  • If stalls stay in front gardens everyone agrees that it would be good for purchasers to have a map (to be bought for £1-2?). Any volunteers for next year?
  • People did get some extraordinary bargains. I will not disclose details for fear that purchaser or vendor might feel guilt or resentment – although vendors I spoke to said that they were happy to sell things cheaply to others in the community.
  • Above all it was enjoyable to meet and talk with neighbours on the street. I made about £20 selling CDs and children’s games, but the value of the day for me was in discussing plans for the summer, the weather, our collective history and our hopes for the future. It did feel like a community event – even with the participation of a small fraction of the community.
  • It’s clear that everyone has a lot of junk in their attics, garages and garden sheds. Roll on next year!

If anyone has any further thoughts on how the event could be developed, please post on the blog or write to me at jasper.bouverie (at) hotmail.co.uk.

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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